The Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) was notified by FastTrain College that it will close all seven campuses in Florida on June 30, 2012. When an institution closes, ACICS’ standards require a teach-out plan that protects the interests of students during the transition period. To that end, ACICS has required FastTrain to notify its students about its closure and to provide them with the opportunity to continue their program at another accredited institution without financial penalty.
In consultation with the Florida Department of Education’s Council for Independent Education, ACICS was able to identify a post-secondary institution that is an existing member of ACICS: Florida Career College (FCC). Students who were at risk of being displaced due to the untimely closing of FastTrain will be welcomed at FCC and may complete their studies without interruption. FCC has campuses near all former FastTrain locations, and offers similar programs including healthcare and IT courses.